Thiem believes Novak Djokovic will dominate again in 2022
After a bad loss at the US Open, Novak Djokovic will be on a redemption journey. Fellow top player Dominic Thiem believes Nole will dominate in 2022. Nole failed to win his record 21st Grand Slam and the Calendar Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe against Daniil Medvedev.
Nole was on the verge of becoming the first player since 1969 to win all Grand Slam titles in the same year. It was important to win at Arthur Ashe but Daniil was too much to overcome. It was a stellar win for the Russian while it was a heartbreaking loss for Nole.
Thiem talked about how this was a big missed opportunity for Nole since he would’ve cemented his legacy in the history books. Thiem said, ‘One unbelievable goal slipped out of his hands yesterday. I expect him to be as strong as ever in 2022. I think after he won in (France), everybody was only talking about the calendar slam – first about the Golden Slam, and then about the calendar slam’.
Thiem himself can relate to what Nole felt because he has also gone through some difficult stretches this year. The Austrian has suffered through some injuries including his season-ending wrist ailment that forced him out of the US Open. He was supposed to defend his title but he had to give up his spot. In his absence, Nole was the favourite but he fell in the final where it mattered the most.
While he enjoyed watching the US Open, it was still a rough experience for Thiem because he wanted to defend his title.
After the final series, Nole talked about how this was a sad run for him. He said, ‘I was just glad that finally, the run is over. At the same time, I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they've created for me on the court’.
You can expect that both Thiem and Nole will come back with a bang. Nole wants to cement his legacy yet again and Thiem wants to prove that winning the US Open was not a fluke. It will be a fun year ahead for both ATP and WTA Tours in pro tennis.
Words: Cholo Martin